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DPTE and DECTE Subject Clusters Removed; New Program Costs Released

DPTE and DECTE Subject Clusters Removed; New Program Costs Released

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (Kuccps) has opened the application portal to admit 13,439 teacher trainees to Diploma in Primary Teacher Education (DPTE) and Diploma in Early Childhood Teacher Education (DECTE) programs in 32 public colleges.

According to the Kuccps portal, the cost of training for both the DPTE and DECTE in their first year is Sh72,076.

The government has revised the entry requirements for teacher training colleges (TTCs) as education reforms continue to be implemented across all subsectors.

Without additional subject requirements, the minimum requirement is now a mean grade of C (plain) on the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.

One of the main recommendations in the forthcoming report of the Presidential Working Group on Education Reforms (PWPER) is a review of the entry grades.

However, the team’s recommendations have been implemented sporadically despite President William Ruto not formally releasing the report as anticipated.

DPTE and DECTE Subject Clusters

The subject cluster requirements previously used to admit candidates to the DPTE and DECTE programs have been eliminated. 

Students were required to earn a C (plain) in all cluster subjects as well as English, Kiswahili, mathematics, humanities, and a scientific subject, a difficult combination to achieve. 

Since the admission criteria were implemented for the first time in 2021, when the Ministry of Education phased out the Certificate in Primary Teacher Training (CPTE), also known as P1, TTCs have been unable to attract enough trainees. 

This caused stakeholders to be concerned that the country may lack sufficient teachers in the future. 

Currently, 3,922 students are enrolled in TTCs, which have a capacity of 26,650.

The increased requirements were implemented in response to recommendations from the Teachers Service Commission, which is required by law to advise the government on the minimum teacher training requirements. 

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu introduced the placement application during a career mentorship day at Kangaru School, Embu County, over the weekend. 

He announced that there are 11,358 DPTE admissions slots and 2,081 DECTE admissions slots. 

Agnes Mercy Wahome, chief executive officer of Kuccps, stated at the same forum that the portal will remain accessible until July 28, 2023.

“This opportunity is for qualified KCSE certificate holders, including non-Kenyan citizens who sat the examinations in 2022 or earlier, up until the year 2000,” explained Dr. Wahome. 

Reportedly, the PWPER also proposed affirmative action for the admission of students from marginalized regions to TTCs. However, the KUCCPS has not included this in their advertisement. 

Such students will be admitted to lower entry grades to train more teachers for regions with inadequate staffing and low teacher appeal. 

The elimination of the P1 training program was necessitated by the reforms that ushered in the competency-based curriculum and the requirement for more qualified instructors. 

In the DPTE, they will specialize in their area of interest and qualifications, as opposed to the P1 where they examined all subject areas. Students select courses from any of the four subject groups.

DPTE and DECTE Subject Clusters Removed; New Program Costs Released

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